September 26, 1983, the day the world nearly ended.

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  1. evangilder

    evangilder "Shooter"
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    Amazing, but true.

    FAQ

    Stanislav Petrov - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  2. DerAdlerIstGelandet

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    Good man!

    :salute:

    He should have been promoted and not forced into retirement. Pretty sad that he would be treated that way.
     
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    I didnt even know this incident happened!!!!

    Thanks evans
     
  5. evangilder

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    A lot of people didn't know about it until recently. I found it one of the many stories of heroes of the Cold War that are just starting to trickle out.
     
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    Thats a great story Evan thanks 8)
     
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    Reminds me of War Games.
     
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    :shock: Never heard about this!

    Great piece of information Eric.

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    979 Nov.9: Computer Exercise Tape.

    At 8.50 a.m. on 9 November, 1979, duty officers at 4 command centres
    (NORAD HQ, SAC Command Post, the Pentagon National Military Command
    Center, and the Alternate National Military Command Center) all saw on
    their displays a pattern showing a large number of Soviet missiles in a
    full-scale attack on U.S.A. During the next 6 minutes emergency
    preparations for retaliation were made. A number of Air Force planes
    were launched, including the president's National Emergency Airborne
    Command Post, though without the president! The president had not been
    informed, perhaps because he could not be found.

    No attempt was made to use the hot line either to ascertain the Soviet
    intentions or to tell the Russians the reason for the U.S. actions.
    This seems to me to have been culpable negligence. The whole purpose of
    the "Hot Line" was to prevent exactly the type of disaster that was
    threatening at that moment.

    With commendable speed, NORAD was able to contact PAVE PAWS early
    warning radar and learn that no missiles had been reported. Also, the
    sensors on satellites were functioning that day and had detected no
    missiles. In only 6 minutes the threat assessment conference was
    terminated.

    The reason for the false alarm was an exercise tape running on the
    computer system. U.S. Senator Charles Percy happened to be in NORAD HQ
    at the time and is reported to have said there was absolute panic. A
    question was asked in Congress. The General Accounting Office conducted
    an investigation, and an off-site testing facility was constructed so
    that test tapes did not in future have to be run on a system that could
    possibly be in military operation.



    I was working at a NORAD base in Comox BC in tower and it was something watching the pilots run to the aircraft in all sorts of attire . I don't know if its correct or just bull but we were the only ones to get our birds up of all the NORAD bases. Those techs were good on the F101's
     
  10. Njaco

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    Check the date....

    The Hot Line was busy, Carter was talking to Iran. :)

    As for Petrov, :salute:
     
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    Good job Petrov. Might or might not've gone to full nuclear war. But the point is, he stopped it before the process could start.

    A month or two later, we almost had another nukefest with Able Archer.

    Able Archer 83 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    All those spies and nobody analysing the information?
     
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    o good officer is allways better than a computer parafernalia or a band of fanatic jerkz.
     
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    Look at it this way...if the same had happened in the US (and it probably did, knowing the computers of the day), and an officer had failed to do his duty, we would've run him out of the military on a rail studded with rusty nails. Much much later, when events (and time) would prove the individual correct, any thanks would most likely have been quiet and unannounced. After all, how do you give a medal to a guy who disobeyed a direct and lawful order (at the time)? That's a can of worms you DON'T want to open. In this guy's case, I'm sure he woke up every morning thanking the Lord that, being in Cold War Russia, he was able to wake up every morning.
     
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    It did happen a couple of time out at Cheyanne Mtn. Once was a faulty computer part, another time some joker left a training tape in the machine.

    Those are the ones we know about.
     
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    The moral of the tale would seem to be, if you've got good men, rely on them, not computers..........
     
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    i was working when the tape got left in
     
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    So YOU'RE the guy...always wondered who got tagged with that one.:)
     
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    Nope was working tower when the order came to flush the birds ...panic
     
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    What was the procedure for you guys (tower types) if the balloon went up? After everybody has flown the coop (aircraft that is), do you guys head for the bunkers or just sit there and wait for it?

    I think the SOP for the ship I was on was to get underway with anybody around and head down river.
     
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    wait for it you got to believe there will be aircraft to recover, diversions inbound etc , you go to a minimum crew and the rest will take up base defence duties , in the tower you tend to be the central clearing house for info , everything from noise ccomplaints to UFO's
     
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